Seattle-based Writer, Author, Poet, Writing Teacher

Readings/ Writers’ Conferences/ Courses Offered

Priscilla is author of six books:

  • The Writer’s Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life, Second Edition, updated and with hundreds of new craft models.
  •  Minding the Muse: A Handbook for Painters, Composers, Writers, and Other Creators (Coffeetown Press)
  • Fire and Stone: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (University of Georgia Press)
  • Crossing Over: Poems (University of New Mexico Press)
  • The Writer’s Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life (Wallingford Press)
  • Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of America’s Bloody Coal Industry (Paragon House)

Readings and Presentations

Monday August 26, 2019. 7 p.m. The Elliott Bay Book Company. Panel with Paula Becker and Shauna Ahern: Three Seattle-area writers whose work encompasses multiple genres discuss their methods, inspirations, the ways in which their writing projects cross-pollinate, and how they approach the process of telling stories. Audience participation is encouraged.

Writers on the Sound (WOTS). October 5 and 6, 2019. Edmonds, Washington. I will be presenting on Aging and Creativity and on Writing Metaphors.


Regular Writing Courses Offered:

Note: For the writer, the journey from wishful to virtuoso is one whose alchemical transformations occur entirely within a process of work. In our classes we work very hard. Are you ready to work and have you cleared enough time to do every assignment to the best of your ability? That is the question to ask yourself as you consider taking one or another of these courses. Oh, yes, we do have fun. But we groan too, and we work.  


BARN (Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network). Prose Style: The Art of the Sentence, the Art of the Paragraph. Four Sundays: November 3, 10, 17, and 24.

First-rate writers use all the sentence forms, and they use particular forms not at random but to intensify meaning and deepen emotion. This hands-on course in developing virtuoso skills in sentencing and paragraphing is designed for writers of all levels—from beginner to advanced—interested in revising across several short works or a book-in-progress. We’ll scrutinize brilliant sentences and paragraphs and we’ll deepen our craft skill by writing or revising our own. Required text: The Writer’s Portable Mentor, Second Edition.

Winter Seminar 2020. Held at the Good Shepherd Center, Wallingford neighborhood, Seattle. 12:45 – 3 p.m. Cost: $300 Portfolio is due a few weeks after the last class. Limited to 10.

Monday, January 6, 2020
Monday, January 13, 2020
Skip MLKing Day Jan. 20
Monday, January 27, 2020
Monday, February 10, 2020

In this seminar we will compose two new pieces and revise a work-in-progress to completion. One piece will be an “enumeration”: 1. 2. 3. …

June Intensive 2020.  Meets at the Good Shepherd Center in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle, Four evenings, 7–9 pm. Cost $300. Portfolio is due a few weeks after the last class. Limited to 10. 

Monday, June 1, 2020
Monday, June 8, 2020
Monday, June 15, 2020
Monday, June 22, 2020